The middleweight standard bike from Hinckley, United Kingdom, the new Triumph Trident 660, may be deemed as a stepping stone model for many riders, but for many others it could be the special generalist tool with distinctive style that they have been longing for years. With 80 horsepower on tap at 10,250 rpm, 47 lb-ft of torque at 6,250 rpm, 189 kg. light weight, narrow proportions, and comfortable ergonomics, the Trident 660 is a very agile and potently swift daily use motorbike. At P512,000.00 though for our test unit with red contrasting painted radiator cowls, it certainly is not a quick purchase.
It is priced fairly competitively against other comparatively dynamic middleweights in our market. So, how does the Triumph stand out amongst all the other very compelling alternatives? Performance, pedigree, and packaging, in varied measures.
The Trident 660 was specifically developed as Triumph’s entry-level motorcycle for new riders but it doesn’t feel marginalized or compromised at all. The new 3-inline cylinder motor is derived from the Daytona 675 model with modifications and its very healthy. There is a slip and assist clutch to reduce engine braking and lighten clutch lever action as well. There are two riding modes managed by the ECU; road and rain. It has a balanced power to weight ratio, it is practical, very quick, and easy to maximize despite the reduced suspension adjustability. There is some buzziness inherent with inline-3 engines but it is inconsequential.
The 7” LED headlight and general lighting are good. I like that the signal lights self-cancel too but I do have some issues with the monochromatic instrument screen that displays speed, engine speed, and the fuel gauge. The color TFT screen below it displays gear selection, odometer, trip meters, time, calendar, set-up menus, and when used with Triumph’s mobile app can be used to display turn-by-turn sat nav, music, and call functions. But I wish that the top instrumentation for the speedometer and tachometer were analog, while all the rest of the data could be displayed in a color screen, just my thoughts.
The 805mm seat height is very forgiving for vertically challenged riders like myself which certainly helps with building rider confidence. I am a husky 5’6” in height and weigh in close to 200 pounds yet I felt that the Trident 660 produced strong and unencumbered motivation at all times. I love the look of standard naked motorcycles but you do have to contend with all the wind turbulence and how it severely affects aerodynamics at aggressive speeds.
The tubular steel perimeter frame and twin-sided, fabricated steel swingarm are very compliant and forgiving. The Showa 41 mm upside-down forks up front with 4.72 in (120 mm) wheel travel and the rear Showa monoshock RSU with preload adjustment and 5.25 in (133.5 mm) wheel travel suspension systems provide supple damping characteristics for a generally comfortable and well controlled ride combined with the versatile Michelin ‘Road 5’ tires (120/70ZR17 58W front mounted on an aluminum 17 x 3.5” wheel / 180/55ZR17 73W rear mounted on an aluminum 17 x 5.5” wheel). Speed management and ABS safety is handled by the excellent Nissin braking system (2-piston sliding front calipers with twin 310 mm drilled discs and single piston caliper on a 255 mm drilled rear disc).
The Triumph Trident 660 is a well-equipped and friendly middleweight standard motorcycle that both new and experienced riders will enjoy. It is an accomplished generalist that can exploit its bulbous 14-liter fuel tank to maximum benefit all day and every day.
|Cylinder Head||DOHC, 12 valves|
|Max Power (bhp @ rpm)||80 bhp @ 10250 rpm|
|Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm)||47 lb-ft @ 6250 rpm|
|Top Speed||214 km/h (134 mph)|
|0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph||3.9 sec.|
Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions
|Fuel Milage (km/l)||5.1L/100km overall|
|Price as Tested (PHP)||PhP 512,000.00|
|What's Great||New rider-friendly, build quality, pedigree, agility, dynamic performance.|
|What's Not So||Lacks the sense of occasion.|
|C! Editors Rating||9.5/10|